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New to League One: Plymouth Argyle

3 June 2017

We continue our look at the seven new teams coming into Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 season by focusing on Plymouths Argyle; the Iron's longest away trip of the campaign.

The Pilgrims finished second in the division after sharing the lead with Doncaster Rovers throughout the campaign until Derek Adams.

They endured a torrid start to the season - but that spell was only three games long - as they lost to both Luton Town and Carlisle United, shipping four goals and failing to score, while also losing 2-0 to Reading in the EFL Cup.

Fortunes would, however, turn around swiftly with seven successive wins to follow in all competitions including four clean sheets. Into September and October their rich run of form would continue with no defeats and a healthy number of points registered on the board. Portsmouth, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers would all fall victim to the superiority of Argyle before the turn of the year as they beat all eventually-promoted sides.

November would be a sticky month though, with four defeats and only one victory in all competitions as Grimsby and Barnet left Home Park with all three points. They'd soon turn that form around though and enjoy an unbeaten December to enjoy the end to 2016.

A lucrative FA Cup round three tie against Liverpool saw the side hold the Reds at Anfield before narrowly losing 1-0 in the replay, while wins against Stevenage and Cheltenham putting the side back on track in the league. Maximum points would also follow against Cambridge and Exeter.

One win in six games in February leading into March lost them ground on Doncaster, who were seemingly coasting to the title at the time but the Pilgrims continued to get maximum points where it mattered, not going more than one game without a victory from March onwards in the final thirteen games of the season.

Indeed the championship could have been presented to the green army on the final day of the campaign at Grimsby Town, had they not drawn 1-1. Portsmouth pipped them to the post; the only day they reached the summit of the division.

The Iron will face Plymouth for the first time since 2013-14 when a 1-0 home win and a 2-0 away win gave United maximum points en route to promotion from League Two. The previous four meetings were all in the Championship with two wins registered each. The two meetings will be the 29th and 30th encounters, barring any cup encounters, and the first meetings at this level since the old third division encounters of 1983-84.


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